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VG APPROVED GEAR

WORLD SOUNDS
The Tsakalis Experience,
Emma ON-1 Okto-Nøjs, and
Mad Professor Twimble

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t seems that every other stompbox on the
market has dual-footswitch functionality,
packing two entirely different circuits into
one housing. And judging by the trio here
- all three of which hail from Europe - it's
a global trend.
The Tsakalis Experience from Greece
packs a fuzz and an octave, conjuring psychedelia via two silicon transistors and all
hand wiring. The results are vintage tones,
plus blasts of analog synth, harmonica, sitar,
and even trombone. The Level, Tone, and
Gain knobs control the fuzz signal, while a
fourth knob, labeled "Damage," sets the bias
of the fuzz circuit, thereby selecting the type
of fuzz. Bring the octave section online via
the footswitch and feel the full roar. The joy
here is the burpy, farty nature of the tones,
which are '60s accurate and bring to mind
guitarist Ed King's perfectly sick fuzztone on
the Strawberry Alarm Clock's 1967 classic,
"Incense and Peppermints."
The Experience's real sonic signature,
however, comes from its FET clipping design.
The way the circuits strangle-off each note
is distinctive. Set its fuzz and octave as mild
or hairy as you want, but that cool clipping
effect is the star of the show. And, you can use
either the fuzz or octave circuit on its own.
From Denmark, the Emma ON-1

cool, weird textures, at times sounding
like an octave up, as well as another down.
It recalls the clipped, singing tone Jimi got
on "Purple Haze." The Emma ON-1 OktoNøjs is not an over-the-top dirty fuzztone,
but a cool-sounding effect for guitarists and
bassists alike.
Finally, from Finland comes the Mad
Professor Twimble, combining MP's Simble
Overdrive and PreDrive into a single unit.
The pedal delivers sweet, organic overdrive
that reacts to the playing, much like a good
tube amp. The Overdrive section sports
volume and tone-shaping knobs. Sensitivity dials in distortion and compression,
but it's highly interactive with the next
control, Accent, which manages the top
end. It's a powerful knob that can boost
the crunchiness and make the overdrive
section explode. Contour is a subtler EQ
shift, brighter or darker.
The other footswitch fires up the PreDrive,
a booster offering two gain levels: Cool (6
dB boost) and Hot (+10 dB). Use this side
independently of the Overdrive for cleanboosted leads with just a little grit. Conversely, combine both sides of the Twimble
for maximum firepower, with Overdrive
setting rhythm crunch and PreDrive
delivering a compressed punch for solos.
The Twimble is a powerhouse pedal that
captures the nuances of analog overdrive.
Paired with a nice tube amp, it'll put most
players in tone heaven. - Pete Prown

Okto-Nøjs is an analog fuzz/octave with
more emphasis on the low-end. The Okto
control dials in as much sub as you desire,
from a mild thickening of the tone to fullon bassy thud. Dry
blends as much or as
Prices: $235 (Tsakalis Experience); $236 (Emma ON-1 Okto-Nøjs);
little guitar tone into
$229.95 (Mad Professor Twimble)
the effect as desired.
Info: www.tsakalisaudioworks.com; www.godlyke.com;
Full up, the unit dewww.mpamp.com
livers fairly seamless
tracking; with guitar
dialed down, expect
more sputtery, lo-fi
bass tones.
Stomp on the Nøjs
("noise") footswitch
for the fuzzier side of
things. It's an interesting circuit, with
its own 8-bit flavors
somewhere between
fuzztone and ring
modulator. Deployed
together, the Okto
and Nøjs produce everything from classic
Hendrix to that '70s
Jeff Beck attack. A
harmonic-distortion
generator creates

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